It’s that time of the week again when fantasy premier league managers look to find that all important captain that is going to light up the score board and bring in plenty of fantasy football points.
With Manchester United’s Robin van Persie likely to sit this one out despite being declared fit to face Norwich the obvious option is out the window, that is of course assuming Sir Alex does decide to rest him!
Well I not taking any chances and with that in mind here are my Captain picks for gameweek 28, as always I have gone for two mainstream options and one differential for those of you who are looking to take a risk this weekend in a bid to get one over on the competition.
Gareth Bale (Tottenham) £10.3 million. Fixture: Arsenal (Home)
It will come as no surprise to see the league’s most in form player getting the nod as my number one captain’s pick for gameweek 28. I spoke at length about Bale’s scintillating form earlier in the week in my ‘midfielders tips’ article. If you’re in doubt about just how well he’s playing, check that piece out.
Arsenal will have their hands full in trying to track Bale who seems to almost be playing a free role. Arsenal have struggled badly in recent weeks and a derby defeat will not sit easy with the red half of North London. Andre Villas-Bolas has built an extremely impressive side who are tough to break down. Spurs are currently 4 points ahead of Arsenal and a win on Sunday would go a long way in their quest for Champions League football. Bale is in the form of his life and making him captain this weekend looks as good a bet as any.
Wayne Rooney (Man United) £11.9 million. Fixture: Norwich City (Home)
With it looking likely that Van Persie will sit this one out due to the knock he picked up last weekend, United will be expecting a big performance from Wayne Rooney. The English striker has been playing largely in the shadow of the imperious Van Persie but it’s worth reminding ourselves of Rooney’s record this season. He currently has 10 goals and 7 assists to his name which is remarkable when you consider that Rooney has missed 8 league games this campaign.
Rooney will be eager to stake his claim against Norwich on Saturday. He has been played out wide in recent weeks, hence why we haven’t seen the points returns. 7.3% of Fantasy Football mangers have opted for Rooney and if Alex Ferguson confirms that RVP will sit this weekend’s game out, I expect that we will see an increase in Rooney’s ownership. United should well pick up all three points at Old Trafford on Saturday with Rooney looking like a very viable option as captain.
Rickie Lambert (Southampton) £7.0 million. Fixture: QPR (Home)
The Southampton striker has been a revelation since the saints won promotion from the Championship last season. Lambert has a fantastic strike rate, especially for a team that are battling at the lower end of the league. His current tally stands at 12 goals and 7 assists with 22 bonus points also to his name. Lambert has proven to be an all round striker and has scored all sorts of goals. He has given the majority of defences he has come against a torrid time this season.
In what is a huge game for both teams in their bid to avoid relegation, it is Southampton who will be the firm favourites for this one. Lambert is more than capable of causing a less than impressive Rs defence plenty of problems at St. Mary’s on Saturday. If the Saints are to remain in the top flight, a lot will be down to the goals of Rickie Lambert. At £7 million, he looks like a very good option to have in your team from now until the end of the season. And this weekend, he looks like the ideal differential captain’s pick. The question is, will you be brave enough to go with him?
Get in touch and let me know who you think is the best captain’s pick for GW 28. Will you take a chance on a differential pick or play it safe?
Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts with a comment below or via Twitter @CianTracey1